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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Magruder: D-backs would welcome wrongly accused star

“He’s lost 10 years of his life, and it’s time for some good things to happen to him.”...about says it all.

Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall is willing to wait for Brian Banks.

Hall, in fact, hopes he has to. He would prefer not to hire Banks just yet. That is for an NFL team to do.

But if circumstances present themselves in the future, count the D-backs among those who would welcome him with open arms.

Banks, a former star high school football player with NFL potential, last week was exonerated after losing 10 years of his life for a crime he did not commit. Hall was so taken by Banks’ composure and professionalism during a television interview afterward that he obtained Banks’ email address and fired off a job offer. If the time comes, they’ll find a fit.

“I just thought, ‘This guy needs a fresh start,’” Hall said.

“I saw a very bright, articulate handsome kid. Great smile. You see a lot of maturity. You see a kid who has been through adversity and can handle it. He’s lost 10 years of his life, and it’s time for some good things to happen to him.”

Repoz Posted: May 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: May 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM (#4144213)
“I saw a very bright, articulate handsome kid. Great smile.



...He'll help us sell jeans here."
   2. Cowboy Popup Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4144224)
Look at that, another innocent man pleading guilty. Pretty awesome justice system we have going.

I can't really tell if the D-backs are offering him a job with the organization or to sign him as a player. TFA never makes that clear.

6-2, 245 and he was in prison for a decade for a crime he didn't commit. I wouldn't want to be the first guy he takes a crack at on the practice field.
   3. zonk Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:34 PM (#4144254)
Apparently, Pete Carroll has invited him to a tryout and a couple other teams are considering it (Carroll recruited him when he - Carroll - was at USC).

Absolutely horrific story. I still hold a meaty grudge against a driver that cut me off three years ago.
   4. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM (#4144261)
There was an NPR piece on this last Friday. Banks basically had to dig up a PI to record the accuser saying that she had lied.

The interesting thing to me was that once Banks was released from prison, the accuser tried to friend him on Facebook.
   5. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:42 PM (#4144262)
   6. Tripon Posted: May 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM (#4144281)
I assume a front office job or something.
   7. depletion Posted: May 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM (#4144295)
The likelihood of him playing pro football is said to be very low. 9 years out of the game. He has no college education. Supposedly the accuser already blew through the $1.5M she and dear Mommy got from the Long Beach school system. Were the D-Backs one of the teams accused of being "too Christian"? I don't think so.
   8. DKDC Posted: May 31, 2012 at 02:07 PM (#4144299)
And if the NFL doesn't pan out? Banks already has all kinds of job offers. One of them is to "work in the front office and explore other sports opportunities" for the Arizona Diamondbacks.


http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/7986979/redemption-brian-banks

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